Secretary Landgraf Slated as FICC keynote Speaker

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Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf.
Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf.

By Rosemary Joseph-Kappel

The 2013 Families in Crisis Conference (FICC), “It Takes a Village,” will take place on Friday, May 3, at the Ellendale Fire Hall, Main Street, Route 16, in Ellendale. The day will include displays featuring agencies and services from throughout Sussex County, presentations from those agencies highlighting their services and specialties and an opportunity to bring together knowledge and networking regarding how the services in Sussex County can work for the public and help the community work for and with each other.

The keynote address will be given by Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, who has been Department Secretary of Delaware Health and Social Services since 2009. As Secretary, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest departments in the Delaware government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion.

As Chair of the Governor’s Reentry Task Force, Dr. Landgraf works closely with the Secretaries of Labor, Education, Housing and Correction to establish I-ADAPT (Individual Assessment, Discharge and Planning Team) Model as Delaware’s statewide reentry strategy for adults who are returning to the community from incarceration. She is co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, Chair of the Health Fund Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences, Health Science Alliance and a member of the Health Care Commission.

Additionally, as part of the conference, the sixth Ray Lloyd Memorial Award will be presented. Awarded for the first time in 2007, in memory of Mr. Lloyd, who was a long-time Delaware Tech instructor who passed away that year. In the early years of the conference, Mr. Lloyd was a keynote speaker at the conference and also facilitated workshops. Mr. Lloyd was recognized by his hearty handshake and calling everyone “hon” as a term of endearment. His accepting and supportive demeanor has made a lasting impression on many who have roamed the halls at Delaware Tech. Individuals can be nominated by calling Carol Hall at 302-670-1216.

The cost to attend this year’s Conference is $15 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and a hearty lunch. Senior and students can attend for $10. Some scholarships are available, thanks to the support of Sussex County Council, a long-time sponsor of FICC. For more information about the conference or scholarships, or for information about registration for the conference, individuals may contact the secretary/treasurer, Betty Metzler at 302-628-4896 or email Betty at emetzler25@gmail.com.